Turkish Pickled Golden Beets

October 4, 2015

I developed this Turkish-style pickled beet with my friend Megan during an afternoon of canning.  I love the rich flavors of turmeric, cinnamon, bay leaf and cumin together in this sweet yet savory preparation.  What could be better during a cold winter’s Read more ›

Rich Spicy Apple Sauce

September 25, 2015

Fall has arrived and so have the apples. My daughter’s 3rd grade class visited a biodynamic organic apple farm last week and brought back 20 pounds of gorgeous sweet sour cooking apples. I helped a class of 24 nine-year-olds chop, cook, food mill and can 35 half pints Read more ›

Indian Summer Giardiniera Pickle

September 25, 2015

We are deep in indian summer here in Minnesota.  A couple light frosts have hit the gardens, but produce still continues to ripen, unaware that it’s almost October.  Peppers seem to be the last thing to arrive in the garden, and with 80 degree days, they just keep coming.  To preserve the late bounty of my garden, I made Italian-style giardiniera. Read more ›

Thai Spiced Kalettes

September 16, 2015

It’s kale. It’s a Brussels sprout. Wait, it’s both!  Kalettes are the new “in” vegetable and you know how I know?  I saw them at the Minnesota State Fair.  So when the good people who developed this kale/sprout cross asked if I’d like to do a post for them, how could I refuse?   Read more ›

Small Batch Bloody Mary Mix

September 4, 2015

I can a lot of heirloom tomatoes. Heirlooms are know for being a bit watery, so after canning the tomato flesh, I am left with loads of juice. What’s a girl to do? Make Bloody Mary Mix, of course. The mix is super easy. Just combine juice with seasonings Read more ›

Tomato Corn Chowder

August 28, 2015

(Repost from a few years go.  Fall seems right around the corner, so it feels fitting.) Tomatoes, corn, potatoes, sweet onions and smoked bacon create a delicious seasonal soup. Fall arrived last night with strong winds and a big cold front.  Read more ›

Southern Tomato Pie

August 20, 2015

My good friend recently threw an end-of-summer hurrah, complete with a giant slip-and-slide, bonfire and an endless spread of picnic eats and drinks.  No one at the party wished to cook, what with the slip-and-slide and all, so easy finger food was the order of the day.  Since my kitchen countertops are overflowing with tomatoes, Read more ›

Pickled Dilly Beans

August 11, 2015

Summer holds such promise – big, bountiful gardens, lots of fruits and vegetables, excellent foraging and amazing farmer’s markets.  In deep winter I plan all the amazing things I will do with summer produce, along with the great blog posts I will make to accompany them.  Then summer hits me like a full bucket of water, and I am deluged with the harvest. Read more ›

Sour Cherry Jam with Kirsch

July 23, 2015

Sour cherries are my most favorite fruit and sour cherry jam is the one jam that I am truly addicted to.  I fondly remember picking cherries as a kid, which my mother packed into jars and preserved for pies in the winter.  Cherry pie is also my favorite pie, in case anyone wants to make me one. Read more ›

Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Mint

July 15, 2015

Summer just turned up the heat, hitting 90+ a few days ago. After a torrential-downpour storm, I rushed to the garden to harvest the last of my sugar snap peas before the heat turned them all that sugar to starch. This salad is a last hurrah to Spring-like weather and a big hello to hot hot summer. Read more ›

Garden Confetti Salad

July 6, 2015

Summer is a time when dinner is simple, salads are plentiful and the stove remains off. Summer veggies just roll out of the garden one right after another.  It’s time to eat the bounty till your full. And my garden has exploded! Read more ›

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